Opening February 12 , 2016
Audubon's Birds of America:
The Whole Flock
A Centennial Exhibit in Three Parts
at the Museum in the John and Peggy Maximus Gallery
Songsters, Sprites, and Gleaners
February 12-May 1, 2016
June 10-September 5, 2016
Birds of Prey, Game Birds, Nocturnal Hunters
October 14, 2016-January 8, 2017
To celebrate our first 100 years, the Maximus Gallery will be showcasing Audubon prints from our Antique Natural History Print collection. During the Museum’s early years, in 1923, a donation of 91 Audubon prints from the Bien edition of The Birds of America was received from Carpinteria resident, Mr. Wolcott Tuckerman. This gift formed the nucleus of our antique natural history print collection. Recently, we began a multi-year project to clean, conserve, and restore these valuable chromolithographs printed between 1858 and 1860. We have also been able, over the past few years, to acquire the remaining images in the edition thus completing “The Whole Flock”.
Songsters, Sprites and Gleaners will start the year with a selection of Audubon prints accompanied by related bird songs. A special display featuring our historic egg collection will describe the origins of the Museum first named The Museum of Comparative Oology.
Waterbirds will offer an opportunity to draw in the gallery and learn techniques of the scientific illustrator. Birds of Prey, Game Birds and Nocturnal Hunters will have a video installation of the entire work as well as our conservation program.